Musicians' Czar James Caesar Petrillo had already waltzed his way through wage raises from the movie magnates and hotelmen. Last week it was the turn of the record companies to feed the kitty.
Into a sparsely furnished room of Chicago's Palmer House filed apprehensive representatives from RCA Victor, Decca, Columbia and the other major record-makers. "Boys," greeted host Petrillo, "each year we just sign. This time we're going to negotiate."
While the recordmakers and Petrillo bargained heatedly, waiters ducked in with cooling trayloads of beer. During a break, reporters asked the Czar how he was doing. Shrugged he: "Aw, you know how it...